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2014 NHL Draft: Toronto Maple Leafs & The History Of The Eighth Overall Pick

The Toronto Maple Leafs currently hold the eighth overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, which takes place on June 27 and 28. There has been lots of rumors surrounding the Leafs and the possibility of moving. Most of them include Dion Phaneuf and Nazem Kadri going to Florida for the first overall pick in a bigger deal. There are others that suggest that the Leafs could move up to the third or fourth selections, switching with the Edmonton Oilers or Calgary Flames respectively.

Why are the Leafs doing this? Well, for one, the Leafs need to do something big and moving up into the top five of the draft would certainly accomplish that. However, if you look at the history of the eighth overall pick, you might understand why there might be some hesitation.

Here is the list of players taken eighth overall since 1980.

1980- Fred Arthur, Defense, Hartford Whalers

1981- Grant Fuhr, Goalie, Edmonton Oilers

1983- Andrew McBain, Right Wing, Winnipeg Jets

1984- Shayne Corson, Left Wing, Montreal Canadiens

1985- Brent Fedyk, Right Wing, Detroit Red Wings

1986- Pat Elynuik, Right Wing, Winnipeg Jets

1987- Jimmy Waite, Goalie, Chicago Blackhawks

1988- Jeremy Roenick, Center, Chicago Blackhawks

1989- Jason Herter, Defense, Vancouver Canucks

1990- Derian Hatcher, Defense, Minnesota North Stars

1991- Richard Matvichuk, Defense, Minnesota North Stars

1992- Brandon Convery, Center, Toronto Maple Leafs

1993- Niklas Sundstrom, Right Wing, New York Rangers

1994- Jason Wiemer, Center, Tampa Bay Lightning

1995- Terry Ryan, Left Wing, Montreal Canadiens

1996- Jonathan Aitken, Defense, Boston Bruins

1997- Sergei Samsonov, Left Wing, Boston Bruins

1998- Mark Bell, Center, Chicago Blackhawks

1999- Taylor Pyatt, Left Wing, New York Islanders

2000- Nikita Alexeev, Left/Right Wing, Tampa Bay Lightning

2001- Pascal Leclaire, Goalie, Columbus Blue Jackets

2002- Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Center, Minnesota Wild

2003- Braydon Coburn, Defense, Philadelphia Flyers

2004- Alexandre Picard, Left Wing, Columbus Blue Jackets

2005- Devin Setoguchi, Right Wing, San Jose Sharks

2006- Peter Mueller, Center, Phoenix Coyotes

2007- Zach Hamill, Center, Boston Bruins

2008- Mikkel Boedker, Left Wing, Phoenix Coyotes

2009- Scott Glennie, Center, Dallas Stars

2010- Alex Burmistrov, Center, Atlanta Thrashers

2011- Sean Couturier, Center, Philadelphia Flyers

2012- Derrick Pouliot, Defense, Pittsburgh Penguins

2013- Rasmus Ristolainen, Defense, Buffalo Sabres

As you can see, the success rate is pretty mixed. For every Jeremy Roenick, there’s a Jason Wiemer. For every Grant Fuhr, there’s a Pascal Leclaire.

While it’s harder to predict the more recent players to get picked eighth, the Leafs might not want to take their chances with that pick. After, all last time they had a pick around this area, they picked Nazem Kadri seventh and that hasn’t exactly gone as planned now has it.

The Leafs should look into any ways they can move up into the top five of the draft. Those players have a rather low failure rate and that’s what the Leafs right now. Someone who is going to make a difference, possibly as soon as next season.

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